Cataracts are the most prevalent cause of blindness. Fortunately, cataract surgery can effectively treat this condition and restore your clear, sharp vision. Cataracts occur when protein cells break away from their natural positions and gather on the lens of your eye, distorting vision.
We can diagnose cataracts through several simple eye tests, including a retinal exam, which involves dilating your pupil to see clearly to the back of your eye. We also perform slit lamp exams, allowing us to examine your iris, lens, and cornea with a specially designed microscope.
In addition to ultrasound-assisted cataract surgery, we also perform laser surgery. We use a femtosecond laser that emits high speed pulses of light, allowing for extreme accuracy, minimal discomfort, and reduced risk. About 90 percent of all cataracts patients are candidates for laser surgery.
Surgery is the only permanent treatment for cataracts. During traditional cataracts surgery, we will remove the clouded crystalline lens with the help of an ultrasound, and implant an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). We offer a range of IOLs, including monofocal, multifocal, and Toric.
Cataract surgery offers many benefits, perhaps most importantly, improved vision. After cataract surgery, patients typically experience clearer, brighter vision and a decreased dependence on glasses. In addition to the physical advantages, many patients also enjoy a better quality of life.
The cost of cataract surgery can vary depending on the complexity of treatment and the type of lens the patient requires. Fortunately, most insurance companies will cover all or most of the cost of surgery. Some insurance companies may ask that the patient cover the cost difference for premium IOLs.
The right time to have cataract surgery is when cataracts start to affect your daily life. Early symptoms of cataracts may include glares or difficulty seeing at night. When cataracts reach an advanced stage, patients will be unable to drive, read, or perform normal activities with independence.